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Quick Facts on Marissa

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • American, English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 379
Simple meaning:
Beloved, drop of the sea

Characteristics of Marissa

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Marissa

The name Marissa is a fanciful elaboration of Maria (influenced by the “-issa” suffix from such names as Clarissa, Melissa, Alissa). Maria, in turn, is the Latin form of the English name Mary. Both Maria and Mary are derived from the New Testament name Miriam (Hebrew: Miryam), a name whose etymological origin is in question. There are varying opinions. For one, Miriam in the Old Testament could have been derived from the Egyptian “myr” meaning ‘beloved.’ The Hebrew elements “mar + yam” have been translated to ‘drop of the sea’ which was later altered to Mary’s epithet, Star of the Sea, bringing another meaning to the name: ‘strong waters.’ The name Marissa is a later 20th century invention, mainly in the United States.

Popularity of the Name Marissa

Marissa first appeared on the U.S. popularity charts in 1963 and takes off in usage quite quickly. After 25 years of growth, Marissa landed a spot on the Top 100 list of most commonly used girl names in 1989. The height of her popularity came during the 1990s when the name got as high as position #53 on the charts (in the years 1994 and 1995). After that, the name sort of waned and by 2006, Marissa fell off the Top 100 list. Her downward spiral is pretty significant because Marissa has already fallen off the Top 200. Marissa, Melissa and Melanie are apparently giving way to newer “M” name inventions such as Mackenzie, Makenna and Makayla. Marissa is a beautiful name, so consider using it as a middle name if you want a more updated and fashionable first name.
Popularity of the Girl Name Marissa
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Marissa

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Marissa

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Marissa

    Marissa We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Marissa.

  • Popular Songs on Marissa

    Popular Songs on Marissa

    Marissa - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Marissa.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Marissa

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Marissa

    Marissa (August Edwards) - Marissa Goodwell is a ten-year-old girl who thought nothing could be more perfect in her life. She has a loving mother, a father with a perfect job at the Wilmington Healthy and Nutritious Food Company, and a smart little brother. When her father receives an assignment to go to another country to find healthy and exotic foods, Marissa thought nothing could go wrong. But a surprising tragedy strikes, and the Goodwells need to find a way to get through it. Things keep getting worse and worse for this household. What will Marissa have to do to keep her family from breaking apart? Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Marissa and the Hammock Mystery: Adventures of a Young Detective (A. E. Scotland) - One story. Two mysteries. An ingenious thief and a determined sleuth. Someone is playing pranks on Marissa - only this time they've gone too far. Now, a cagey and wily thief stole her favorite locket and Marissa is determined to track down the culprit and get it back. A fun story filled with intrigue, surprise, and laughter! Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Marissa the Tooth Fairy (Karla Andersdatter) - The Tooth Fairy story has been enjoyed by the author's children and grandchildren, her elementary students, and the children of her elementary students since 1972. It sold out in 1999 after enchanting children for 25 years, and has been reproduced in 2005 by Depot Books in a fresh edition with the same "Daliesque" illustrations of Deborah Koff-Chapin, who was the original illustrator. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Saving Marissa (Joan Holub) - Sisters Rose and Lila, ages 10 and 8, are spending the year with their grandmother (who runs a doll hospital) while their parents are working out of the country. Their grandmother has a special power to communicate with dolls, and to tell their stories .In this book, the girls find a damaged baby doll at the home of their babysitter, Jill, an older woman who lives in the neighborhood. Rose and Lila persuade Far Nana to restore the doll, and the girls learn its story. The doll, Marissa, belonged to Jill when she was a little girl. Marissa was a gift from Jill's beloved aunt. Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Marissa

    Famous People Named Marissa

    Famous People Named Marissa - Marissa Jaret Winokur (actress); Marissa Castelli (figure skater); Marissa Irvin (tennis player); Marisa Miller (supermodel); Marissa Ribisi (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Marissa

    Children of Famous People Named Marissa

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Marissa - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Marissa.

  • Historic Figures

    Marissa - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Marissa - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Marissa.

Personality of the Girl Name Marissa

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Marissa

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